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Everton sign Swiss striker Tarashaj

 Posted by at 8:57 PM
Jan 072016
 

Everton have signed Switzerland Under-21 striker Shani Tarashaj from Grasshoppers Zurich.

Tarashaj, 21, has signed a four-and-a-half year deal and will be loaned back for the rest of the season so that he can complete his national service.

He has scored eight goals in 18 games for Grasshoppers this season.

“Shani is an enormous young talent in Swiss football who, without a doubt, will have a great future,” said Toffees manager Roberto Martinez.

“We are delighted to have found a young player who believes that our club is the perfect step for him to enhance his quality and to grow his career.

“He fits in really well to our style and the way we want to play the game. He is a family boy, hungry and he is desperate to fight for his place in our talented young squad.”

Tarashaj is Everton’s second signing of the January transfer window
after bringing in defender Matthew Foulds from Bury.

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Coutinho may be out until February

 Posted by at 8:44 PM
Jan 072016
 

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho could be out for the rest of January after injuring a hamstring in the League Cup win against Stoke.

Defender Dejan Lovren also suffered a similar injury and Kolo Toure cramp, but both have shorter recovery times.

The Reds face Exeter in the FA Cup third round on Friday (19:55 GMT).

“Phil’s is more serious than Dejan and Kolo but none of these players will be available on Friday,” said manager Jurgen Klopp.







“Kolo should be available next week, Dejan will be available after Manchester United. Phil needs one or two weeks longer.”

Six Reds players – Coutinho, Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Jordan Rossiter, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge – are out with hamstring injuries.

And with Mamadou Sakho also sidelined, the Reds do not have a senior central defender available to face Exeter.


Is Klopp’s style of play to blame?

Since becoming Liverpool manager, Klopp has overseen 10 victories in 19 games, but his intense, high-pressing style of play has led some to suggest it is responsible for players injuring hamstrings.

Fitness coach
Raymond Verheijen told BBC World Service Klopp needs to make games “less demanding” for his players, while chartered physiotherapist Sammy Margo says training may be to blame.

“The instalment of the new manager is really relevant because hamstring injuries are often due to overloading, to pushing too hard,” said Margo.

“A large percent of injuries are brewing during training and then break out during matches. They need to look at the training and change their attitude and approach.”

However, German football expert Raphael Honigstein told BBC Radio 5 live he is not sure former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp is at fault.

“Because he has a big reputation as someone who demands so much from his players, a lot of pundits and media have jumped on that and said the training is too hard and they are running too hard,” he said.

“He would dispute that. The picture isn’t clear from his Dortmund days. It could just be bad luck.”


‘I’m not a genius’







Liverpool cover an average of about 6km more per match than under previous manager Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked on 4 October, and also make about 70 more sprints.

Their two most significant victories since Klopp’s appointment – at Chelsea and Manchester City – came when they covered significantly more distance than their opponents.

But three of the four defeats suffered under Klopp – against
Newcastle,
Watford and
West Ham – came when Liverpool’s opponents ran further.

“The problem is now people speak about the intensity of my style,” said Klopp. “I didn’t create a style. How could I? I’m not a genius.

“We play only football and a team like Liverpool and the ambitions they have… we have to find a way to be successful.”

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Everton 2-1 Manchester City

 Posted by at 7:30 AM
Jan 072016
 
70:34

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:34

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

69:42

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joel Robles.

69:40

Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

68:18

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

67:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

66:11

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

65:08

Attempt blocked. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

64:58

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by John Stones.

64:09

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Willy Caballero.

64:08

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:01

Attempt saved. Fernandinho (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

62:41

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

62:39

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

61:49

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

59:54

Offside, Manchester City. Gaël Clichy tries a through ball, but Kevin De Bruyne is caught offside.

58:47

Offside, Everton. Leighton Baines tries a through ball, but Leon Osman is caught offside.

57:26

Attempt missed. Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

53:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Fabian Delph.

51:29

Attempt saved. Muhamed Besic (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Stones.

50:15 Booking

Booking Fabian Delph (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

49:46

Offside, Everton. Ross Barkley tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

48:28

Offside, Everton. Leighton Baines tries a through ball, but Ross Barkley is caught offside.

47:37

Offside, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

45:34

Foul by Fabian Delph (Manchester City).

45:34

Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Everton 1, Manchester City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Martín Demichelis replaces Eliaquim Mangala.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Tom Cleverley.

45:00 +2:41 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Everton 1, Manchester City 0.

45:00 +2:10

Offside, Manchester City. Nicolás Otamendi tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

45:00 +0:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 1, Manchester City 0. Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

45:00 +0:54

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

45:00 +0:37

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Bacary Sagna.

45:00 +0:07

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

44:12

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gaël Clichy.

42:01

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

41:59

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:05

Offside, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

35:57

Offside, Everton. Leighton Baines tries a through ball, but Gareth Barry is caught offside.

34:53

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

34:53

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:18

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yaya Touré.

28:02

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

27:34

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

22:53

Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

22:34

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

20:54

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

20:54

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:12

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

18:25

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

14:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

12:29

Delay in match Ross Barkley (Everton) because of an injury.

7:48

Offside, Manchester City. Nicolás Otamendi tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

5:01

Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:01

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

3:35

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ramiro Funes Mori.

2:53

Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:53

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

2:20

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

1:35

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

1:35

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Jan 072016
 

Everton manager Roberto Martinez described Gareth Barry as “one of the best English players ever” after a masterclass in the League Cup semi-final win over Manchester City.

Romelu Lukaku’s 19th goal of the season – from a Barry cross – gave
Everton a 2-1 first-leg victory at Goodison Park.

City winger Jesus Navas had earlier cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori opener.

“I have never seen a player with such an incredible professionalism as Gareth Barry,” said Martinez.







“Gareth is one of those players who gets underrated.

“The reason we have so many developing young players is there are leaders in the mould of Gareth Barry. It is no coincidence when we have Gareth Barry around them.”

Martinez said he could build a team around Barry.

He added: “For me, he is one of the best English players ever. He could reach 600 Premier League appearances this season.”







Everton’s manager was delighted with his side’s win – but said it would be “foolish” to contemplate the prospect of an all-Merseyside final at Wembley, with
Liverpool holding the advantage over Stoke City in the other semi-final.

He said: “We know we have a momentous, huge second leg and we will have 8,000 Evertonians with us at Etihad Stadium. We wanted to win the first leg and we have done that.

“I am very, very proud of our performance. We conceded a goal to a really good counter attack but showed a winning mentality to come right back. We showed great character.”

Martinez fears defender Seamus Coleman could be out for a month with a calf injury.

Lukaku, who scored his 12th goal in 12 games, hurt an ankle – but the Everton boss hopes it is not serious, although the Belgium international may miss the match against Dagenham and Redbridge in the FA CUp third round at Goodison Park on Saturday (kick-off 15:00 GMT).

“Romelu had a knock on his ankle,” Martinez said. “We are going to assess him. I don’t know if he will be available for the weekend.

“Tom and Seamus are very similar, Seamus with his calf is probably the most serious. Those things are between three to four weeks.”

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